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Removing the Mask of Motherhood

by Dominique Matti

Has motherhood swallowed me whole or have I been burying myself in it?

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Removing the Mask of Motherhood
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How Walking and Talking Allows Men To Be Vulnerable

by Jeffrey Bissoy

The path to untangling the loneliness and isolation that many men experience may be complicated, but there is one simple step men can take today: Take a walk with a friend.

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How Walking and Talking Allows Men To Be Vulnerable

That Time I Ran for President of the United States

by Parker J. Palmer

Fragility and vulnerability are rare qualities in today’s political climate. But perhaps that — above all else — is what connects us to each other.

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That Time I Ran for President of the United States

Three Pieces of Advice for the Creative Life

by Courtney E. Martin

Courtney Martin examines the “tragic gaps” in the creative life — between our hard realities and what we dream is possible.

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Three Pieces of Advice for the Creative Life

I’m a Disabled Woman Who Wants to See More Literary Characters Like Me

by Marian Ryan

It’s difficult to find examples of nuanced disabled characters in literature. Marian Ryan writes about her experience becoming disabled in middle age and her search to find someone like herself in the world of books and movies around her.

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I’m a Disabled Woman Who Wants to See More Literary Characters Like Me

In a Family, We Raise Each Other

by Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang reflects on how caring for her younger siblings has taught her about “life’s possibilities and the different pathways that people can take into the road of tomorrow.”

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In a Family, We Raise Each Other

Our Elders Didn’t Fail Us

by Lucas Johnson

The change we work to affect is an intergenerational pursuit — one that calls us to courage, commitment, and community with one another, as well as those who came before us. Lucas Johnson honors the radical hope of the leaders of the black freedom struggle.

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Our Elders Didn’t Fail Us

First Jewish, Then Nothing, Now Something: My Unexpected Return to Spiritual Life

by David Baker

After a life of straying from the spiritual background of his childhood, David Baker finds himself wandering back into questions and mystery.

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First Jewish, Then Nothing, Now Something: My Unexpected Return to Spiritual Life

Happiness Is a Hard and Joyous Path

by Parker J. Palmer

To age with grace and humor is to be continually open to the wonder, mystery, and difficulty of our world.

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Happiness Is a Hard and Joyous Path

How The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Helped Me Embrace My Own Blackness

by Jeffrey Bissoy

In featuring black characters who confounded stereotypes, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gave language to a generation of black Americans looking for affirmation of their experiences.

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How The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Helped Me Embrace My Own Blackness

Standing in the Shadow of Hope

by Austin Channing Brown

Love requires a continued commitment to justice for all. Austin Channing Brown on the responsibility to carry our hope with a deep understanding of justice.

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Standing in the Shadow of Hope